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VP Trish: Polar Express! (and Nest info)

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Obviously, our ways of celebrating and enjoying have been drastically modified this year. Our ride on the Polar Express was no exception. I remember when I had mentioned to Ryanna that we wouldn’t be able to ride the Polar Express this year (Two years ago, we rode one in Ohio and last year, one in New York.), she asked if we could do this at home. This got my wheels spinning, and the only thing I think that could have made this better would have been if I had played the audio version of the Polar Express Story in the car (which we have and have listened to previously), but I hadn’t thought to do that!

Last Friday, Conductor Nonni put on her conductor hat and climbed aboard her beautifully decorated train (Gaga wrapped battery-operated Christmas lights around the luggage racks, the hood and the wreath that he had secured to the grill along with a Rudolph nose. He also affixed reindeer antlers and Polar Express flags to the racks, placed a Polar Express sticker on the front window and attached a Polar Express license plate to the front of the car). The first stop was to pick up Ryan, Ryanna and Mama. The kids donned the hats that elf, Sparkle (another story) brought, then came out of their house to the sound of a locomotive (YouTube!). Once they showed their tickets, they jumped in. While riding around the neighborhood enjoying the decorations provided by the community, they sipped hot chocolate and ate cookies. When we chugged through Mon City, Santa was in his little house so we stopped to visit with him. Of course, we had to social distance.

Once aboard again, we continued on our journey. When we arrived back at the station, (the outside of the station was decorated with lots of lights including their climbing dome) there was a visitor with Gaga. It seemed that Santa made an early stop to Ginger Hill! The family room had been decorated including a tree and lots of other decorations.

Santa gave each of the kids a bell ornament (if you know the story, this is very important!). Probably the best surprise for the kids was the “sleigh” that Santa used that night. We took a walk to my garage and were surprised to find that Santa had driven to our house in a red corvette! Santa allowed the kids to sit in the car, start it, and bring up the headlights!

Ryan & Ryanna understand that the real Santa never leaves the North Pole as he is too busy. His helper, Bernie (a friend of John’s), was able to get out of his extremely warm suit and spend some time with us. Each of the kids gave Santa some candy as a thank you! Santa will receive cookies in a couple weeks!

The amusement, the joy and the fun made this night another wonderful experience that I am blessed to share with my grandchildren. I would love to hear how you are celebrating all the while keeping you and yours safe.


Nest Information

Each Nest Financial Secretary received their end-of-year packet of paperwork around Halloween. Most of the forms are not due until February 28. BUT, if your Nest has the National Office collect your Nest dues, we need the roster and forms returned to us (deadline was last week). Please submit this or there will be no changes made to your Nest dues bills.

Each Nest President received a letter via email regarding the election of Nest Officers. The point of the letter is about the Nest elections. “Since these are unusual circumstances, especially concerning gatherings, the Board of Directors approved the recommendation of the Legal Committee that a Nest can extend the term of its current Officers for an additional year. This would eliminate the need to hold a meeting to conduct an election this year. Please note that a Nest can still conduct a meeting, virtually or in-person, if it chooses to do so.”


Keep safe! Enjoy the preparations for Christmas, try not to get bogged down by the work and simply enjoy the season.

VP Trish: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (I just love this probably due in part to the fact that my dad worked on the railroad!)

Today is September 1st. The beginning of the month and the beginning of the school year. This is quite an interesting beginning. Ryan and Ryanna are attending class in person. Hopefully, the benefits will outweigh the risks. My prayer is that whichever decision was made regarding the education of our children, they have a wonderful, exciting learning experience!

I have noticed quite a few folks have begun decorating for the fall. I am not quite ready to do that, but it won’t be long. There is a huge pumpkin growing in our garden. Pretty cool as we didn’t plant it and it is the only one on the vine so it is a good size. It is already orange! I thought we should pick it but upon some research, I see that it should stay on the vine as long as possible! Another interesting tidbit is that pumpkins need about an inch of water a week. The article also told me to not get water on the leaves when watering! Well, what about rain??!! So, anyhow when you cut the pumpkin, try to leave at least 6 inches of stem. I like the stems longer! And do not carry the pumpkin by the stem!

 

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If you have any questions or would like any information regarding our life insurance products, please contact our Marketing Director, John Denning at 800-535-2071 or jdenning@polishfalcons.org.

VP Trish: Birthday Celebrations!

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Ordinarily, Ryanna and I (we) celebrate her birthday for a week. We go shopping a few times, a couple lunches, a trip to Washington County Fair, a movie and then the best, High Tea at the Westin William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh (site of the 2012 PFA National Convention).

Obviously, movie theaters are closed and the fair was cancelled. We did meet her Gaga for lunch one afternoon after a brief shopping trip to a small mall (am surprised this place is still open, it’s rarely busy there even prior to the COVID!).

We decided to hold things here at our house. The theme was Nightmare Before Christmas! The kids and Jaylyn came over at noon to have our tea. Ryanna was thrilled because I did find a loose tea strainer but the best were the sugar cubes! We had tea (several choices), ate silly little sandwiches and a few crumpets for dessert (cookies, carrot cake and biscuits). We had tea cups, tea pots, cloth napkins, flowers (from her Gaga) and fun.

Later in the day, her Gaga (John) and Dad joined us for dinner. Gaga cooked Ryanna’s favorite chicken along with mashed potatoes and corn. Ryanna requested an ice cream cake (I also had to bake a cake for Ryan.). Ryanna gave everyone a small jade plant as a favor and had a list of activities for us.

The front yard and porches were decorated. The canopy was set up; balloons were everywhere along with other decorations, and lights were hung on the side porch and the lamppost.

First, we played musical chairs (Ryanna won!). Then we did the egg toss (John and I won), then the balloon toss (which John and I lost on the first toss), kids won, then cornhole (one of Ryanna’s requests for a gift). Dad (Jim) and the kids played wiffle ball and hung on the dome. The day and evening were perfect. (Reminds me of a Falcon Nest picnic!)

Funny how we thought we were making the best of a bad situation and ended up deciding that this was the best birthday celebration yet! Happy 8th Birthday to my very special baby girl!

Would love to hear how you are modifying plans these days!

Term Life Insurance

  • Term Life Insurance is in force for a limited period of time (i.e. 10 years, 20 years, or 30 years, and JD defines it as renting the insurance.).
  • It can be renewable (at the end of the Term period of time, you may purchase it again at your current age).
  • It can be convertible, which means that you can convert it into a Whole Life policy (permanent plan).

Keep safe! Czolem!

A Note Regarding Awards Presentations

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Czolem Druhny i Druhowie!

I received an inquiry regarding Legion of Honor awards for 2020. Due to the fact that everything has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Nests will not be having award banquets or presentations this year. One of the questions was; can a Nest apply for awards but not present until next year at their 2021 awards presentations? In essence they would be presenting two years of awards at one time.

After my discussion with First Vice President Patricia Del Busse, we agreed on the following resolution regarding the Legion of Honor awards for 2020.

  1. Nests should submit award applications for qualified individuals this year.
  2. Awards can be presented at any time a Nest chooses to do so once the applications are reviewed and approved. There is no need to wait for a banquet or other event, it can be done during meetings or other Nest events.
  3. If an award cannot be presented this year because it is only done during a Nest banquet, then it can be presented at next year’s banquet. It should be done in this order; the 2020 awards first and then the 2021 awards.
  4. Banquets should NOT be the deciding event on when awards can be presented.
  5. Anyone that deserves an LOH award this year should be awarded regardless of when they will receive it.
  6. National Headquarters will dispense all approved awards to the Nests via U.S. Postal Service.

Please let us know if this clarifies the issue or if anyone has other questions. You can contact me by email at cieslaed@rcn.com, or Druhna Del Busse at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Thank you!

Edward Ciesla
Legion of Honor Grand Master

PFA National Convention Announcement

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At a Special Meeting of the Polish Falcons of America National Board of Directors held on Friday, May 29, 2020, the Board voted unanimously to hold a virtual Regular Convention on Saturday, November 21, 2020, and a Special Convention in July 2021 in New Britain, Conn. Click here for a statement from PFA National President Timothy L. Kuzma that describes the details of the Board’s decision and the plan for the Conventions.

An Important Update from Polish Falcons of America

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The health and safety of all our Members is of the utmost importance to the Board of Directors, Executive Management and staff of Polish Falcons of America. We hope that each and every one of you is coping as best as possible in these unprecedented times. If you, a family member or friend has been directly affected by COVID-19 please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Following is an update from National Headquarters about the status of the organization and the things we are doing to deal with the crisis.

Relief Program

Earlier this week we announced a relief program for our Members. Complete details can be found here, or by contacting National Physical Education Director Chris Puskar at cpuskar@polishfalcons.org. You can also call National Headquarters toll-free at 800-535-2071.

This program, and our Disaster Relief Program, are funded primarily through the generous contributions of our Members. If you want to make a donation to help your fellow Members, please send directly to National Headquarters at Polish Falcons of America, Attn. Chris Puskar, 1016 Greentree Rd., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

National Convention

At a recent meeting, the National Board of Directors voted unanimously to postpone the National Convention scheduled for this July in New Britain, Conn. This decision was not taken lightly as the Convention is the Supreme Governing Body of our organization.

Another important factor here is the fact that Nests and Districts must meet prior to the Convention to elect delegates and nominate National Directors. The Board did not believe there was a safe or effective way to do this in time for the Convention. In order for everyone to plan for the Convention, the decision was made to postpone the Convention.

The obvious question is: What are we going to do about the Convention? We do not have an answer yet. Be assured that the Executive Committee and Board are exploring all the options for the Convention. I expect that an announcement for the Convention will be made by the end of April or early May at the latest. We are mindful that Nests and Districts will need time to plan their important meetings.

Future Leaders Conference

Since the Conference was going to be held in conjunction with the Convention this year, this event is also being postponed. National Physical Education Director Chris Puskar is also working on alternatives for the Conference. An announcement concerning the Conference will be made by the end of April.

National Golf Tournament

As of today, the National Golf Tournament is still scheduled for this August with Nest 610, Erie, Pa., as host. We are monitoring this situation closely and are prepared to make any changes if necessary. Please watch for any announcements via email or posted here.

National Headquarters Operations

It is important that all Members know that Polish Falcons of America is still open for business. While most of the staff is working remotely, we are still processing all our business as usual. We are accepting new applications, accepting premium and dues payments, and paying all claims. You can contact the office by email at info@polishfalcons.org or by calling toll-free at 800-535-2071.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at tkuzma@polishfalcons.org. Please stay healthy and safe.

Czolem,

Timothy L. Kuzma
National President